Parking Programs Office

702 Edgebrook Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
217.403.4700
publicworks@champaignil.gov

Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Permit Sale Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

Enforcement Hours:
Monday – Friday, 3 a.m. – 5 a.m. parking is NOT allowed at on-street metered spaces or in City hourly parking lots.
Downtown – payment is required Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
University District  – payment is required Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Parking Portal

Pay citations, appeal citations, find available permit spaces in the University District, or purchase a University District permit.

Citation payments may be paid on the Online Parking Services page, by mail, in person, over the phone, or by depositing them in a courtesy box.

  • Fines may be paid by cash, check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to the City of Champaign.
  • Please write the citation number(s) or license plate number on your payment to receive proper credit.
  • Credit and debit payments (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) are accepted in person, over the telephone or online.
  • Customer Service staff are available during regular business hours to answer questions concerning parking citations.

Mail your payment to:

City of Champaign – Parking Division
702 Edgebrook Drive
Champaign, IL 61820


Pay in Person:

Champaign Public Works Department
Parking Division
702 Edgebrook Drive, Champaign
Champaign City Building
Finance Department – 2nd Floor
102 North Neil Street, Champaign

Pay over the phone:

Call: 217.403.4700 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday


Yellow Courtesy Boxes are located at the following locations:

Downtown:

Campus:

  • Sixth & Green Streets
  • Sixth & Daniel Streets
  • Sixth & John Streets

It is not recommended that cash be mailed or deposited in a courtesy box.

Citations that have been paid cannot be appealed. 

Downtown and University District permit parking options and information.

Downtown Permit Parking

  • Hill Street Parking Deck
  • Downtown Parking Lots
  • On-Street Meter
  • East Park Street Residential Permit Parking Program

University District Permit Parking

  • Academic Year Permits
  • Summer Permits
  • Short-Term Temporary Permits

Parking locations and payment options in Downtown and University District.

Downtown Visitor Parking

Information about the Hill Street Parking Deck, On- and Off-street metered parking, and visitor parking lot locations, rates, and payment options.

University District Visitor Parking

Information about parking locations, rates, and payment options for metered parking, visitor parking lot, and short-term/temporary permit parking.

**Applications must be submitted no later than 24 HOURS prior to the date of meter reservation**

Meter Bag Rental

The Parking Office provides durable parking meter covers at the cost of $10 per bag per day for the purpose of temporarily reserving metered parking spaces as a convenience for utilities, businesses, and contractors during periods of unusual loading /unloading, repairs, remodeling, and other like activities in accordance with the Champaign Municipal Code 33.78.

Note: Meter bags are not to be used as a means of reserving parking for customers or employees. This also includes businesses reserving meters for move-in/move-out. Requested meters may not be available due to prior reservations. Meters are not guaranteed until a customer service representative has contacted you, accepted payment, and confirmed the meters with you.

To rent a parking meter cover, the paper application must be submitted to the Parking Programs Office located at 702 Edgebrook Drive in Champaign not later than 24 hours prior to the date of the meter reservations. The application can be submitted via fax at (217) 403-4755 or via email at publicworks@champaignil.gov, OR by using the online application below. Payment by telephone will be accepted at (217) 403-4700 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. if payment is provided at the time of order and the application has been received in the office. Applications are accepted between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and AMEX.


Online Rental Application – Click Here

Fill out the above application online, submit, and contact the office to pay via phone.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Loading Zones: What can they be used for?
    Loading zones are provided for the loading and unloading of equipment, tools and other equipment.
  • If I do not rent a meter bag, do I still have to feed the meter?
    Yes. The alternative to renting a meter bag is to feed the meter(s), but there may be time zone restrictions on the meters you will be using.
  • Am I allowed to block the sidewalk, handicapped parking, alley, or street?
    In some cases, yes; however, a separate permit must be obtained from the City of Champaign Engineering Division, call (217) 403-4700.
  • Where am I allowed to park without having to rent meter bags or pay for meters?
    *Hourly rates are offered in the University/Market Lot in front of Illinois Terminal and in the Hill Street Parking Deck.
    *U of I and MTD offer shuttle services from Lot E-14 near the Assembly Hall. Contact U of I Parking at (217) 333-3530.
  • What if my job site requires use of dumpsters?
    The City Engineering Division issues permits to place dumpsters on City streets. Adjacent meters must be bagged as well.
  • What if an unauthorized vehicle is parked at the meter I rented?
    If an unauthorized vehicle is parked at your meter, you are responsible for making towing arrangements.

Loading Zones

  • Loading & Unloading in Loading Zones
    Loading zones are located throughout the Downtown and University District for the use of vehicles during the loading and unloading of cargo, merchandise or passengers. Vehicles in loading zones must actually be engaged in loading and unloading activity. Commercial loading zones are reserved specifically for use by properly signed commercial vehicles. Note that some loading zones have time limit restrictions – see signs posted at each loading zone for details.
  • Loading & Unloading in Metered Spaces
    Commercial vehicle operators may engage in loading and unloading activity in metered spaces between the hours of 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Saturday, but only where signs indicate that loading and unloading is permitted. Parking meter payment is required in all designated metered space loading zones utilized for loading and unloading.

Permit Parking

Permit parking may be an option depending on the location, time frame, and availability. See the “Permit Parking” section above for detailed information.

Contact the Parking Programs Office at (217) 403-4700 for more information.

Parking Maps

For detailed maps and lot information on parking in the Downtown and University District Areas, visit the Parking Maps page. There is also an interactive Parking Meter Map that shows the geographic location of each parking meter.

What is MobileMeter

Customers parking at a City of Champaign parking meter can use the MobileMeter to pay for their time in lieu of coins and CashKeys (MobileMeter is not available for use in the Hill Street Parking Deck or at paystations).

    • Users can download the app for free at mobilemeter.us the app is available on iOS and Android phones.
    • Users may also use the m.mobilemeter.us website to pay or call (217) 207-3033.
    • MobileMeter users can pay for any length of time at the meter, up to the maximum amount of time allowed per the regulation sticker on the meter.
    • Users first need to set up an account using their cell phone number and entering their credit card information.
    • After initial setup, users will not have to reenter their payment information on subsequent uses.
    • There is a $0.25/transaction fee per use.
    • Users who load a MobileMeter Wallet to pay for their session and load $10 will receive $1 free.

CashKey stock has been sold out at all locations (new and refurbished).
The vendor is no longer manufacturing CashKeys.


What is the CashKey?

The CashKey is a programmable key that provides a cashless way to pay at parking meters. The CashKey can be carried on your key chain and eliminates the need to carry coins for the meters.

CashKeys can be used at any City of Champaign, City of Urbana or University of Illinois parking meter. Each key carries three accounts (a separate one for each parking provider) and $10 to $100 of value can be purchased for use at each type of meter.

How to Use a CashKey:

The CashKey functions like an American quarter. The first time the key is inserted into a meter, the amount of value on account for that parking provider is displayed. Each subsequent time the key is inserted is like depositing a quarter into the meter providing the user with the minutes of parking in accordance with the rate posted at each meter. For example, at a $0.75 per hour meter, each insertion will provide 20 minutes of time at the meter; at a $0.25 per hour meter, an insertion will provide one hour worth of parking time. The CashKey will not register more than the posted time allowed for that meter, but it will continue to deduct $0.25 from the account each time it’s inserted. If the key is left inserted for more than 5-seconds, the meter will flash in the out-of-order mode until the key is removed. This is to alert the user in case the CashKey is inadvertently left in the meter.

The CashKey doesn’t guarantee you a parking space. Parking meter spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The CashKey can be used in conjunction with coins.

Purchasing Time:

Time can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Time only – City of Champaign Parking Programs Office (702 Edgebrook Dr.)
  • Time only – City of Urbana Finance Department (400 S. Vine St, Urbana)
  • Time only – University of Illinois Parking Department (1201 W University Ave, Urbana.)

Purchases must be made in person at one of the above locations. There is not an online purchase or reloading option.

If you find you aren’t using time loaded for one meter provider, the value can be transferred over to a different provider.

Lost Keys:

The CashKey works the same as cash and is similar to carrying up to $300 in your pocket. If you lose your key, none of the parking offices are able to determine how much value was left on the key, so no refunds are issued for lost keys.

**The City no longer buys back used or damaged CashKeys**

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Parking Rules and Regulations

Information about some of the services offered by the Parking Programs Office and some of the common parking regulations effective in the City of Champaign is listed below. Go to Chapter 33 of the City Code for a complete list of parking regulations in the City of Champaign. Vehicles not adhering to these regulations may be ticketed and/or towed.

Abandoned/Inoperable Vehicles:

Under City Municipal Code, vehicles may not park on City streets or public property in excess of 72 hours; have broken windows or flat tires; or lack current registration. Vehicles are not allowed to park in City parking lots or at metered spaces in excess of 24 hours of the parking limit for those locations. In these instances, vehicles are considered to be abandoned/inoperable.

Accessible Parking:

Accessible parking is permitted only when the authorized placard/license plate is displayed. Individuals with a grey/yellow striped permit are exempt from paying parking meters. Individuals with a blue permit must pay the parking meter. The individual assigned to the permit must enter or exit the vehicle at the time the parking privileges are being used. A “Person with Temporary Disabilities Parking Placard” valid for up to 90 days may be obtained from the City of Urbana Finance Department, 400 S. Vine St., Urbana; 217.384.2345. Visit the Secretary of State’s Office website for information about the State of Illinois Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities and instructions for obtaining a permanent placard.

Booting:

Booting is a process in which a vehicle is immobilized at the location in which it is found. A vehicle is subject to booting if the registered owner has 5 or more unpaid citations that have remained unpaid for 30 days. Vehicles may be booted or towed, depending on the circumstances of each situation, when it is on the public way or any City-owned property. To release the boot, all past due fines must be paid plus a $35 administrative fee. Payment methods accepted once a vehicle has been booted are: cash, cashier’s check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or AMEX (credit or debit). After hours payments, by cashier’s check or money order only, may be made at the Champaign Police Department, 82 E. University Ave.

CashKey:

The CashKey is a programmable key that provides a cashless way to pay at parking meters. Go to CashKey for more information.

Driver’s License Suspension:

The City may petition the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office to suspend the driver’s license of the registered owner of a vehicle (or vehicles) who has accumulated 10 or more unpaid citations that have remained unpaid for 30 days. To have the license reinstated, all past due fines must be paid. Personal checks are not accepted once the “Notice of Impending Suspension” letter has been sent from the Parking Programs Office. Payment methods accepted are cash, cashier’s check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or AMEX (credit or debit).

Expired License Plate Sticker:

Vehicles parked on City of Champaign streets and in City-owned lots must display current license plates and registration sticker at all times. Vehicles failing to display current registration may be ticketed and/or towed.

Failed Meter:

Call the Parking Programs Office at 217.403.4700 to report a problem with a parking meter. Be prepared to provide the meter location and number.

Flashers (Hazard Lights):

Flashers (or Hazard Lights) are a universal sign that a vehicle is disabled. Vehicles using flashers must comply with parking regulations and payment requirements.

Front Yard Parking:

Vehicles may not park in the front yard, the area between the structure and curb, of any residence. Parking is only permitted on the driveway. A residence may be either a house or an apartment building and the restriction applies to vehicles parked on gravel or paved front yards. Go to the Front Yard Parking Enforcement page or contact Neighborhood Services at 217.403.7070 for more information.

Meter Bags:

Upon application approval, the City will place bags on parking meters for the purpose of temporarily reserving metered spaces as a convenience during periods of unusual loading/unloading activities, repairs, remodeling, and other similar activities. The fee is $10 per bag per day per meter head. Advance notice and fee payment is needed in order to guarantee an order. Applications are available at the Parking Programs Office.

Parking Your Motorcycle or Scooter:

Motorcycles and scooters are required to be parked perpendicularly, or at a 90 degree angle to the curb. Larger motorcycles may park at an angle as close as possible to 90 degrees so they do not extend into the roadway.

Motorcycles and scooters will be ticketed and possibly towed if parked on a City sidewalk, parkway (the area between the curb and sidewalk), or if chained to a bicycle ring, rack, or loop.

Parking Your Bicycle:

Bicycles cannot be parked on a street other than: upon the roadway against the curb, or on the sidewalk in a rack, ring, or loop to support the bicycle, or against a building, or at the curb in such a manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic.

Bicycles may be tagged and impounded if they pose an obstruction to pedestrian traffic, have been abandoned, or are not parked at a bike rack, ring, or loop and are obstructing a construction/maintenance project.

Payments:

Parking citation fines may be paid:

  • In Yellow Courtesy Boxes located at:
    • University District: Sixth & Green Streets; Sixth & John Streets; Sixth & Daniel Streets
    • Downtown: Main Street Lot; Neil & Washington Lot; North First Street Lot; 82 E. University (Champaign Police Department); Neil & University Streets (City Building); and 200 N. Randolph Street.

In person at the Parking Programs Office, 702 Edgebrook Dr., between 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Payment methods accepted: cash, cashier’s check, money order, personal check, credit or debit (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or AMEX).

  • Online at the Online Parking Services page using VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or AMEX after 10 pm.
  • By mail to the Parking Programs Office at 702 Edgebrook Dr., Champaign, IL 61820

Note: We do not recommend mailing or depositing cash in a courtesy box. Please include the citation number or the license plate number with the payment.

Parking Rates:

Each parking meter has a card located in the dome that states the hours that payment is required and the rate for the meter.

Downtown:

Parking rates in the center of Downtown are priced at a premium of $1.50 per hour. Prices decrease from $.75 to $.50 to $.25 to free the further you move out toward the periphery.

Payment is required Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Beginning at 5 p.m., you can pay the meter or pay station one time only for as long as you want to park.

Parking Downtown is FREE on the following:

  • ALL DAY on Saturdays and Sundays
  • On City Holidays: New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day (Observed), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Weekdays

Use the color coded meter labels to help you determine where to park that’s appropriate for the length of your stay:

  • Red = 30 minutes or less to grab lunch or a cup of coffee to go
  • Blue = 2-hour maximum for lunch or some light shopping
  • Orange = 3 or 4-hour maximum for a movie or museum visit
  • Green = 10-hour maximum for a day-long meeting or outing downtown

University District:

Parking rates are $.75 per hour or $1.00 per hour at meters displaying a blue label affixed to the post in the University District. The maximum time limit for metered parking in the commercial area is two hours. Ten-hour meters are available in the residential area at a rate of $.75 per hour, and can be identified by the green label affixed to the post.

Payment is required Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Parking is FREE in the University District on the following:

  • ALL DAY on Sundays
  • On City Holidays: New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Observed), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • From 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Monday through Saturday

Permit Parking:

Downtown – go to Downtown Permit Parking for more information on Downtown Permit Parking.

University District – go to University District Permit Parking for more information on University District Permit Parking.

Prohibited Parking:

Section 33-53 of the Champaign Municipal Code lists specific places where parking is prohibited which include the following:

  • In any intersection.
  • In a crosswalk.
  • Upon any bridge or viaduct, or in any subway or tunnel or the approach thereto.
  • Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb within 30 feet of a point of the curb immediately opposite the end of a safety zone.
  • Within 30 feet of a traffic signal, beacon, or stop or yield sign on the approaching side.
  • Within 20 feet of any intersection or crosswalk.
  • At any place where the parking or standing of a vehicle will reduce the usable width of the roadway for moving traffic to less than 10 feet.
  • Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
  • On the roadway side of any vehicle parked or stopped in a parking lane or adjacent to an unoccupied space in parking lane at the edge of a street.
  • Within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad grade crossing.
  • Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire department station and on the side of the street opposite the entrance to any such station within 75 feet of such entrance.
  • On any sidewalk or parkway.
  • In any fire lane, whether on public or private property.
  • At any place where official signs prohibit parking, and no other specific parking prohibition of this chapter is applicable, including, but not limited to, at any place where parking is prohibited by the display of any curbing painted yellow or upon street or other surfaces otherwise marked with street markings prohibiting parking. This subsection applies only to places designated by the City.
  • Within five feet of the edge of the sides of a driveway or where the vehicle would block the use of the driveway.

Recreational Vehicles:

The City of Champaign permits parking of camping trailers, commuter vans, home trailers, motor homes, mini homes, recreational vehicles, lean campers, travel trailers, or truck campers on City streets in a residential district under the following circumstances:

  1. Between the hours of 5 p.m. on Thursday and noon on Monday.
  2. By obtaining a special parking permit. Vehicles may be issued up to a maximum of 5 permits within a calendar year.
  3. Between midnight and 11:59 p.m. on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Time limits:

Vehicles parked at a two-hour meter must move off of the block after two hours. Vehicles may not park on either side of the street for more than two-hours in a three-hour time period. Vehicles parked in excess of the maximum time limit may be ticketed even if the meter is paid. Example: A vehicle that parks at a two-hour meter at 8 a.m. must move off of the block at 10 a.m. The earliest the vehicle may return to park on the original block is 11 a.m.

Towing:

The City of Champaign may tow vehicles in the following situations:

  1. Vehicle is parked in a prohibited area. (See “Prohibited Parking” above for more information.)
  2. Registered owner of the vehicle has accumulated unpaid parking citations.
  3. Vehicle is abandoned, inoperable, and/or has expired registration.

To release the vehicle, all past due fines must be paid to the Parking Programs Office. Personal checks are not accepted once a vehicle has been booted or towed. The cost of the tow and all storage fees are paid to the relocator.

Visitor Parking:

  • Downtown – go to Visitor Parking for more information on Visitor Parking in Downtown.
  • University District – go to Visitor Parking for more information on Visitor Parking in the University District.
  • MobileMeter: Customers can use the MobileMeter app to pay at City of Champaign parking meters (not available in the Hill Street Parking Deck or at paystations).
    • Users can download the app for free at mobilemeter.us. The app is available on iOS and Android phones.
    • Users may also use the m.mobilemeter.us website to pay or call 217.207.3033.
    • MobileMeter users can pay for any length of time at the meter, up to the maximum amount of time allowed per the regulation sticker on the meter.
    • There is a $0.25/transaction fee per use.
    • Users who load a MobileMeter Wallet to pay for their session and load $10 will receive $1 free.

Frequently Asked Questions

Parking Office Questions

Where is your office located?

The Parking Programs Office is located at 702 Edgebrook Drive in Champaign.

Directions: Head North on Prospect Avenue and turn right (east) at the Bloomington Road intersection. Turn left (north) at the second stoplight onto Hagan Street. Edgebrook Drive is the first road on the right from Hagan. The Parking Programs Office is located in the first building on the left on Edgebrook Drive (Public Works Center).

What are your office hours?

The office is open 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Permit transactions end at 4 p.m.

How do I contact the office?


General Parking Questions

I never seem to have change for the meters. Do I have any options?

  • CashKey: All City of Champaign, City of Urbana, and University of Illinois meters accept the CashKey. The CashKey is a convenient, cashless way to pay for parking. CashKeys are no longer available for purchase, but time may still be loaded at the Parking Programs Office (702 Edgebrook Drive) or at the U of I and City of Urbana Parking Offices. Go to the CashKey tab for more information on the CashKey.
  • Pay Stations: Located in the Market & University Lot (Downtown at 43 E University Avenue) and Walnut & Washington Lot after 5 p.m. (at 45 E Washington Street), pay stations accept coins, bills, credit or debit (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, & AMEX).
  • Hill Street Parking Deck: Cash, credit, debit (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, & AMEX) and merchant validated tickets are accepted in the deck located at 123 W Hill Street.
  • MobileMeter: Customers can use the MobileMeter app to pay at City of Champaign parking meters (not available in the Hill Street Parking Deck or at paystations).
    • Users can download the app for free at mobilemeter.us. The app is available on iOS and Android phones.
    • Users may also use the m.mobilemeter.us website to pay or call 217.207.3033.
    • MobileMeter users can pay for any length of time at the meter, up to the maximum amount of time allowed per the regulation sticker on the meter.
    • There is a $0.25/transaction fee per use.
    • Users who load a MobileMeter Wallet to pay for their session and load $10 will receive $1 free.

On what days is parking free?

There is no charge to park in Champaign all day on Sundays or City Holidays (New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Observed), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day). Parking is also free Downtown all day on Saturdays.

How do I report a problem with a parking meter?

Call the Parking Programs Office at 217.403.4700 to report a problem with a parking meter. Be prepared to provide the meter location and number.

Who may use accessible parking?

An accessible parking space may be utilized by persons with disabilities who have been issued a disability placard or license plate by the Secretary of State. In compliance with Illinois State regulation, the authorized placard/license plate holder must be present and must enter or exit the vehicle at the time the parking privileges are being used. Accessible parking spaces may not be used by persons without a disability placard for any length of time.

How do I obtain a disabled parking permit or disability license plates?

A temporary handicapped placard valid for up to 90 days may be obtained from the City of Urbana Finance Department, located at 400 South Vine Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801, 217.384.2345.

Permanent placards may be obtained from the Secretary of State’s Office. Visit the website for information regarding eligibility requirements and the application procedure. Please note that a physician’s verification of eligibility is required to obtain temporary and permanent disability placards, as well as disability license plates.

Where in the City can I park my RV?

Recreational vehicles may only park on City streets in a residential district under the following circumstances:

  • Between the hours of 5 p.m. on Thursday and noon on Monday.
  • By obtaining a special parking permit. No more than 5 permits shall be issued for any one vehicle within a calendar year.
  • Between midnight and 11:59 p.m. on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

Why was my vehicle towed?

Vehicles parked in prohibited areas may be towed because of safety issues. The City may also tow vehicles registered to owners who have not paid accumulated parking citations. Vehicles that are abandoned/inoperable and/or have expired registration can also be towed. All citations must be paid to Parking Programs, and the cost of the tow and all storage fees must be paid to the towing company before the vehicle will be released. Payment to the City of Champaign must be in the form of cash, money order, cashier’s check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express only. No personal checks will be accepted once a vehicle has been towed.

I had my flashers on. Why did I get a citation?

Vehicle flashers (hazard lights) are a universal sign that your vehicle is disabled. They do not allow you to park in metered or prohibited areas for even a short amount of time, nor do they indicate to parking personnel that you will “be right back.”

Why was my vehicle booted?

Booting is a process in which a vehicle is immobilized in the location in which it is found. The “Boot” is a large metal restraint that clamps onto one wheel of a vehicle, rendering it incapable of being moved. A vehicle is subject to booting if it has accumulated five (5) or more unpaid citations that remain unpaid for a period of 30 days. A vehicle may be booted or towed when it is on the public right-of-way or any City-owned property. The decision whether to boot or tow will be made depending on the circumstances of each situation.

In order to release the Boot, all past due fines must be paid. Payment must be in the form of cash, money order, cashier’s check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Personal checks will not be accepted once a vehicle has been booted. There is a $35 administrative fee to have the Boot released from your vehicle. After hours payment may be made at the Champaign Police Department, 82 E. University Avenue, and must be made by cashier’s check or money order.


CashKey Questions

What is the CashKey?

The CashKey is a programmable key that provides a cashless way to use any parking meter. The CashKey can be carried on your key chain and eliminates the need to carry coins for parking meters.

What meters accept the CashKey?

CashKeys can be used at any City of Champaign, University of Illinois, or City of Urbana meter as long as value has been purchased for that particular meter provider. Cashkeys are not accepted at pay stations.

How do I purchase a CashKey?

CashKeys are no longer available for sale. The vendor is no longer manufacturing CashKeys.

Can I use the CashKey in combination with coins?

Yes, CashKeys can be used in combination with American nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar coins.

How does the CashKey work?

The CashKey functions like an American quarter. Each time the key is inserted into a meter, $0.25 is automatically deducted from the key balance and deposited into the meter.

What happens when my CashKey runs low or runs out?

You can add value (time) to your CashKey at any time by taking it to any of the following:

City of Champaign office hours to add value (time) to your CashKey:
City of Champaign Parking Programs Office (702 Edgebrook Drive) from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday – Friday, except on official City Holidays

Value can be purchased in quantities of $10 to $100 for each parking entity. Cash, check, credit & debit (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) are accepted.

What if I lose my CashKey?

The CashKey is the equivalent of cash. Since the Parking Office where you purchased your key has no way of knowing the value left on the lost key or whether it is being used by someone else, we cannot issue a refund for the key or any unused value on it.

What if I move? Can I get a refund on my CashKey?

You can return your CashKey to any of the three locations listed above and a reimbursement for the value remaining on the key will be issued.

What if my CashKey is damaged?

CashKeys are extremely durable and able to withstand heat, cold and moisture. They’re also unaffected by magnetic or x-ray exposures, such as airport security. Since normal usage should not affect your CashKey, no refunds will be issued unless we can determine the remaining balance on your key.


Citation Questions

How do I pay my parking citation?

Citation payments may be paid on the Online Parking Services page, by mail, in person, or by depositing them in a courtesy box. Fines may be paid by cash, check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to the City of Champaign. Please write the citation number(s) or license plate number on your payment to receive proper credit. Credit and debit payments (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) are accepted in person, over the telephone or online. Customer Service staff are available during regular business hours to answer questions concerning parking citations.

Yellow courtesy boxes are located at the following locations:

Downtown:

Campus:

  • Sixth & Green Streets
  • Sixth & Daniel Streets
  • Sixth & John Streets

It is not recommended that cash be mailed or deposited in a courtesy box.

Citations that have been paid cannot be appealed.

What happens if I don’t pay my citation(s)?

Failure to pay outstanding parking citations may result in booting and/or towing of the vehicle or driver’s license suspension.

How do I appeal a parking citation?

If you question the validity of a parking citation, you may appeal it within 7 days of issuance by one of the options listed below. Citations that have been paid cannot be appealed.

  • File the appeal online at the Online Parking Services page.
  • File the appeal in person at the Parking Programs Office, 702 Edgebrook Drive; at the Finance Department on the Second Floor of the City Building at 102 N Neil Street; or at the Front Desk at the Champaign Police Department at 82 E University Avenue.
  • Write a short statement that includes: (1) the parking violation notice number; (2) your full name, address, and telephone number(s); (3) the license plate number, make, model, and year of the vehicle; (4) any documentary evidence that rebuts the charge; and (5) a written statement signed by the appealing party setting forth facts relevant to establishing a defense to the charge. Forward the statement and the copy of the citation to the Parking Programs Office by mail or by e-mail: publicworks@champaignil.gov.
  • Download the Citation Appeal Form. Submit the completed form to the Parking Programs Office in person, by postal mail (702 Edgebrook Drive, Champaign, IL 61820), email (publicworks@champaignil.gov), fax (217.403.4755), or by depositing it into the City of Champaign yellow courtesy boxes (see above for locations).
  • If you are not satisfied with the results of this appeal and wish to pursue the matter, you may request a hearing with the hearing officer by filling out this form and submitting it to our office within 7 days of the date of your Notification of Decision. The Legal department will then contact you and schedule the date and time of your hearing.

Once all of the required information has been received, the appeal will be reviewed by a supervisor. If the appeal is determined to be valid, the citation will be voided. If the citation is upheld as valid, you will have seven (7) days to pay the fine at the amount it was when the appeal was submitted. Results of the appeal review will be mailed to the appealing party for either outcome.

I was issued a citation that says “Abandoned/Inoperable.” What does this mean?

A vehicle may be cited as “abandoned/inoperable” in either of the two following circumstances:

  • City Code prohibits vehicles that have not been moved or used for more than three (3) days, have broken windows or flat tires from parking on City streets or public property. Also prohibited are vehicles parked in a City parking lot or in a metered space 24 hours in excess of the parking limit for that lot or meter. Such vehicles will be considered abandoned/inoperable and subject to ticketing and/or towing.
  • Vehicles parked on Champaign City streets and in City-owned lots must display current license plates and sticker at all times. Vehicles found in violation may be ticketed and/or towed.

What are the parking fine amounts? 

ViolationCity Code Section1st Issued Citation (in 365 day cycle)2nd Issued Citation (in 365 day cycle)3-4 Issued Citations (in 365 day cycle)5 or More Issued Citations (In 365 day cycle)
TIME EXPIRED (ACCUMULATION)
33-81$0.00$15.00$25.00$35.00
If Time Expired Citation is Unpaid after 7 daysAdd $5.00 (late fee = $5 + amount of citation)If Time Expired Citation is Unpaid after 30 days Add $10 (late fee = $15 + amount of citation)
OTHER TYPES OF VIOLATIONS
VIOLATIONCITY CODE SECTIONINITIAL FINEIF UNPAID AFTER 7 DAYSIF UNPAID AFTER 14 DAYSIF UNPAID AFTER 30 DAYS
PERMIT PARKING33-86$30$35X$45
ABANDONED/INOPERABLE & NUISANCE VEHICLES33-152$25$50$100X
PROHIBITED IN SPECIFIC PLACES
33-62$30$35X$45
TIME LIMIT ON PARKING (Time zones)
33-81$20$25X$35
NOT WITHIN THE LINES
33-75$30$35X$45
COMMERCIAL LOADING ZONES
33-125$30$35XX
MANNER OF PARKING/PARKING DISTRICT
33-76$30$35X$45
NO PARKING 3AM-5AM
33-77$30$35X$45
NO PARKING IN ALLEY
33-58$30$35X$45
HANDICAP PARKING (PUBLIC)
33-55$250XXX
LOADING ZONE
33-122$30$35XX
PARKING METER BAGGED/TEMP RESERVED
33-78$30$35X$45
RESTRICTIONS RESIDENTIAL STREETS
33-141$15$20XX
PARKING VEHICLE ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
33-60$30$35X$45
PARKING AT CAB OR BUS STAND
33-56$30$35X$45
PARKING IN A CONSTRUCTION AREA
33-61.1$250$300XX
MANNER OF PARKING AT CURB
33-54$30$35X$45
SLUGS PROHIBITED
33-85$30$35X$45
RESTRICTION ON BUSINESS STREET
33-142$15$20XX
PRIVATE PROPERTY/HANDICAPPED PARKING
33-60(B)$250XXX
EMERGENCY SNOW ROUTES
33-102$15$20XX
FOR SALE SIGN ON PARKED VEHICLE
33-57$30$35X$45
PEDDLING MERCH. FROM PARKED VEHICLE
33-59$30$35X$45
PARKING BICYCLES
33-61$30$35X$45

Contractor/Meter Bag Order Questions

How do I order a meter bag cover?

Applications may be obtained from the Parking Programs office or by downloading the Meter Bag Application and the rental fee of $10 per day per meter head must be paid 24 hours in advance. Upon application approval, the City will contact you to schedule your meter bag order and secure payment. After payment, the City will place covers on parking meters for the purpose of temporarily reserving these spaces as a convenience during periods of unusual loading/unloading activities, repairs, remodeling and other like activities.

Online rental Application

What other options are there for contractor/service vehicle parking?

  • Loading zones are located throughout the Downtown and University District for the use of vehicles during the loading and unloading of cargo, merchandise or passengers. Vehicles in loading zones must be actively engaged in loading and unloading activity. Commercial loading zones are reserved specifically for use by properly signed commercial vehicles.
  • CashKey – a cashless way to pay at a meter. See the CashKey page for more information.
  • Permit parking may be available depending on the location, time frame and availability. Contact the Parking Programs Office at 217.403.4700 for information.

Visitor Parking Questions

Where can I park when I visit Downtown?

There are four centrally located visitor parking locations where parking is allowed in different time increments up to 10 hours maximum:

  • Hill Street Parking Deck
  • Neil & Washington Lot
  • University & Market Lot (see the Pay Station Guide for instructions on using the Pay Stations in this lot)
  • North First Street Lot

View these locations on the getDown brochure map on the Parking Maps page.

When do I have to pay the meters?

Payment is required Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is FREE all day on Saturdays & Sundays, on City Holidays (see below for a list of City Holidays), and from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. during the week. Parking is prohibited at on-street meters and in City lots from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. for cleaning activities. Overnight parking is allowed in the Hill Street Parking Deck and in spaces 49-54 at the University & Market Lot.

What are City Holidays?

City Holidays on which parking is free are:

  • New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Observed), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

How much does it cost to park at the meters?

Meter rates vary by location – rates and time limits are posted on each meter. Parking costs as little as $.25 per hour on the perimeter of Downtown and never more than $.75 per hour, even in the busiest areas. Rates are posted on colored stickers on each meter pole.

What payment methods are available?

  • Meters: Accept Coins and CashKey (go to CashKey for more information on this cashless way to pay at a meter).
  • Pay Stations: Two pay stations are located in the University & Market Lot which accept bills, coins, credit or debit (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, & AMEX). To use the Pay Stations:
    • Note your stall number
    • Proceed to pay station
    • Keep your receipt and go to your destination
  • Hill Street Parking Deck: Cash, credit, debit (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and AMEX), and merchant validated tickets accepted.
  • MobileMeter: Customers can use the MobileMeter app to pay at City of Champaign parking meters
    (not available in the Hill Street Parking Deck or at paystations).

    • Users can download the app for free at mobilemeter.us. The app is available on iOS and Android phones.
    • Users may also use the m.mobilemeter.us website to pay or call 217.207.3033.
    • MobileMeter users can pay for any length of time at the meter, up to the maximum amount of time allowed per the regulation sticker on the meter.
    • There is a $0.25/transaction fee per use.

What is a pay station?

Pay stations are used in the University & Market Lot and the Washington & Walnut Lot (after 5 p.m.) in place of individual parking meters. Payment is required to park in the lot and must be submitted into one of the two pay stations for the length of time you will be parked. View the Pay Station Guide for instructions.

How long can I park?

Before 5 p.m., see the rate/time limit sticker on the meter. After 5 p.m., at meters with Blue labels, you can pay for up to 4 hours at one time.

Color coded meter labels help you determine where to park depending on your length of stay:

  • Red = 30 minutes or less to grab lunch or a cup of coffee to go
  • Blue = 2-hour maximum for lunch or some light shopping
  • Orange = 3 or 4-hour maximum for a movie or museum visit
  • Green = 10-hour maximum for a day-long meeting or outing Downtown

How do time limits work?

You may park in a time limited parking zone only as long as the meter label indicates or as posted on signs. In these zones, vehicles may not park on either side of the street for more than 2 hours in a 3-hour period. You may not simply feed and remain parked at the same meter. Time limits are enforced in Downtown until 5 p.m. on weekdays.


Permit Parking

I work Downtown. How do I obtain a permit?

The City offers daytime permit parking at a variety of rates in many different locations. Permit parking is a great option, costing less than paying a meter daily. For employees that work irregular or part-time hours, other options, such as using a CashKey to park at a $.25 or $.50 meter may be less expensive. Customer service staff in the Parking Programs Office can advise you on the best options for your particular situation – call 403.4700 for more information.

Does the City offer one-day parking permits for Downtown?

Although the City does not offer one-day parking permits for Downtown, all-day parking options currently include the Hill Street Parking Deck and the 10-hour meters located in the Neil & Washington Lot and the North First Street Lot. Parking is allowed for up to 9 nine hours in designated spaces in the University & Market Lot.

I live Downtown. What are my parking options?

The City offers a limited number of 24/7 resident only parking permits, and other 24/7 permits are also available. Most of these permits are located in the Hill Street Parking Deck. Contact the Parking Programs Office at 217.403.4700 for more information.

I live Downtown. What are overnight parking options for my guests?

Overnight parking is available in the Hill Street Parking Deck and in spaces 49-54 in the University & Market Lot. Parking is not allowed between 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. at on-street meters or in City parking lots for cleaning activities.


University District Parking

Where can I park when I visit the University District?

Visitors may utilize the on-street meters (see the University District Meter Location Map on the Parking Maps page for locations). There are also 10-hour meters located in the residential area on every block which contains on-street permit parking spaces. These meters are identified by the Green meter label.

Short-term temporary visitor permits for metered spaces in the residential area of the University District are available through the Parking Programs Office.

  • These permits are limited to 1 to 4 days and are non-renewable.
  • The cost of a 1 to 4 day permit is $7.50 per day.
  • The City also offers 5- to 30-day temporary parking permits in Lot S for $30 (non-renewable).
  • Customers need to complete the application and provide vehicle information before a permit can be issued.
  • Permit sales are conducted Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • With advance notice, permit sales may also be completed by phone – call 217.403.4700.
  • Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

View the Short Term/Temporary Permit brochure for more information and the application form.

When do I have to pay the meters?

Payment is required Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is FREE on Sundays, on City Holidays (see below for a complete list of City Holidays), and from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. during the week. Parking is prohibited at on-street meters (except for at 10-hour meters in the residential area) from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. for street cleaning activities.

What are City Holidays?

City Holidays on which parking is free are:

  • New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day (Observed), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

How much does it cost to park at the meters?

Meter rates in the University District are $.75 per hour or $1.00 per hour at meters displaying a blue label affixed to the post.

How long can I park?

Meters in the commercial area of the University District are limited to 2-hour parking.

How do time limits work?

You may park in a time limited parking zone only as long as the meter label indicates or as posted on signs. In these zones, vehicles may not park on either side of the street for more than 2 hours in a 3-hour period. You may not simply feed and remain parked at the same meter. Time limits are in effect in the Campus area during the hours of enforcement, 8 a.m to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.


University District Questions

I live or work in the University District. What are my parking options?

Both academic year and summer 24/7 assigned space permits are offered in the University District. All Summer spaces are open to the public. During the Academic Year, residents, people who can verify they live within the boundaries of the District during the term the permit is effective, qualify for on-street permit parking. Non-residents qualify to park in a limited number of off-street parking lots. The residency requirement is waived after Labor Day. Rates vary by location. Contact Public Works Customer Service staff at 403.4700 for more information on permit parking options.

The University of Illinois also offers permit parking. Call the Parking Department at 217.333.3530 or visit The University of Illinois Parking Department for more information.

MTD provides transportation throughout the University District as well as the entire Champaign-Urbana area. University of Illinois students, faculty and staff ride free with their ID.

Is there an alternative to permit parking?

Yes. In January 2009, Zipcar introduced car-sharing to Champaign-Urbana. Car sharing is a way for people to have access to cars by the hour or by the day without the hassles or cost associated with car ownership. Go to the Zipcar web site to learn more about this program. Zipcar is a great option both for people who live or work in the University District.

Members have access to any of the Zipcars in Champaign, Urbana or on the University of Illinois campus. Reservations can be made online for as little as one hour up to three days. The $8 hourly fee includes gas, maintenance, and insurance.

What does your parking citation look like?

The City of Champaign, University of Illinois, and City of Urbana all issue citations around the Campus area depending on where your vehicle is parked. If you do not have a citation with the City of Champaign, you are encouraged to check with the other two entities.

Photos of the different citations are below and clicking on them will take you to the associated website in order to pay your citation.

City of Champaign Parking Citation

 

U of I Parking Citation

City of Urbana Parking Citation